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2015 BMW 3-Series repairs by problem area

Engine (13%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (0%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (54%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (11%)

Other (10%)

Chart based on 61 repairs.
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2015 BMW 3-Series repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (3%)

$100 - $499 (3%)

< $100 (91%)

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Chart based on 34 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

16000 mi
Air-conditioning would only work intermittently during long trips in humid weather. Problem with temperature sensor. Was fixed via a software modification. 
BMW 3-Series in Michigan, United States
Jun 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

58000 mi
MIL. No code stored, unable to reproduce 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Feb 2015 - Mar 2018
Jan 2016

14000 mi
rattle in passenger door 
Jun 2017

37000 mi
Brake pads were changed. 37,00 on original M series Brembo brakes. Impressive. The new pads are silent, no squeaking. 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Wagon

turbocharged 180hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in Georgia, United States
Nov 2015 - Jun 2019
Jul 2017

30000 mi
A/C wouldn't run for more than 15 min. Dealer added 3 oz of refrigerant and changed a setting in software. Sunroof wouldn't close. Dealer fixed by resetting computer. 
Aug 2017

34000 mi
A/C wouldn't blow cold air. Dealer reprogrammed something in the A/C to fix. Not sure if it's still working completely correct though. 
BMW 3-Series in Colorado, United States
Nov 2017 - Jun 2018
Nov 2017

38000 mi
Fog light button cracking, programmable memory key 2 cracking. Dealer replace entire light switch and full programmable memory key unit. 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 425hp 3.0L I6 7-speed automated manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
May 2016 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

18000 mi
Passenger door lock rattles in the unlocked position. 
BMW 3-Series in Florida, United States
Sep 2017 - Jun 2018
Feb 2018

44000 mi
Stone shield on rear brakes. Not a recall but covered under warranty, a known problem. 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in Oklahoma, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

11000 mi
Door trim squeak issue which BMW has a TSB for. 
Dec 2017

34500 mi
Door lock failure. Replaced actuator. 
Jan 2018

36120 mi
Brake pads worn, rotors were etched. I had been telling the dealer for a year that I thought the brakes needed to be done. They kept telling me everything was fun despite what I believed was excessive wear and noise. They were relying on the electronic indicator which for some reason failed on my car. Finally got them to replace the brakes after complaining endlessly about the noise. 
BMW 3-Series in Texas, United States
Jan 2015 - Jun 2018
May 2015

4000 mi
Instrument cluster odometer light went out. 
Sep 2015

9000 mi
Musty odor from AC occassionally 
Aug 2016

19000 mi
Some rattles observed inside cabin at times and at certain outside temps. 
BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2015

2000 mi
The backup camera showed an error message when in use. I brought it in the first week of June. Unfortunately, the dealership didn't fix the problem on the first visit. I took it back a second time and it was finally fixed. 
BMW 3-Series in California, United States
Nov 2014 - Nov 2017
Feb 2015 Bluetooth module failed. Dealer replaced. 
Oct 2015

10000 mi
Engine went into limp mode after spirited driving. Dealer said turbo waste gate out of spec. Replaced. Alarm goes off under specific, non-alarm situations. Alarm sensor replaced but problem recurred two days later. Dealer has been notified and I'm trying to schedule a return. 
Jun 2016

10000 mi
Alarm system still not working correctly. BMW gave me a new sunshield to try. They think my aftermarket sunscreen was the problem. Unclear if issue is resolved. 
Dec 2016

22000 mi
Back-up camera inop. Replaced camera, trunk locking mechanism, and reprogrammed computer. 
Apr 2017

24000 mi
iDrive failed completely. Lost all stored music and contacts. 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in British Columbia, Canada
Mar 2016 - Dec 2017
Apr 2016

9300 mi

C $10
shadowline trim squeaks when going over bumps. annoying. 
Jul 2017

18600 mi
Squeaky brakes. BMW says that there was a service done to the rear brakes and a notice open for repair. Seemed to have fixed the issue for a week or two, but squeaks are back. 
BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2017

27000 mi
Air conditioner condenser leaked R134 out. Replaced under warranty 
BMW 3-Series in Iowa, United States
Dec 2015 - Jun 2018
Aug 2017

18000 mi

US $235
run flat tire 
Jun 2018

30000 mi

US $900
replace tires 
BMW 3-Series in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2015 - Jun 2017
Apr 2017

17980 mi
They replace the fuel level sensor 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual RWD

BMW 3-Series in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2015 - Feb 2018
Nov 2017

40100 mi
Car went into limp home mode. Dealer had car for 2 days and could not figure out what caused the condition. No subsequent issues. 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 300hp 3.0L I6 6-speed manual AWD

BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Oct 2014 - Jul 2018
Oct 2015

19200 mi
Hesitation during acceleration, not turbo lag. Service bulletin for problem found and car software updated. Two of the preset buttons were cracked. 
Aug 2016

37600 mi
Panel under HVAC controls kept falling off. Replaced the panel with new part. 
Jul 2018

60000 mi

US $1850
A/C not working, recharged the system. 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic RWD

BMW 3-Series in Quebec, Canada
Sep 2015 - Jun 2018
Mar 2017

17980 mi
Clock won't keep time...goes slow after a single day 
Jan 2018

26040 mi
Car clock was running slow in cold weather. Computer was reprogrammed but updates failed a few times. It took a BMW technician from head office to unlock the issue after a few days. 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 240hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2014 - Sep 2017
Oct 2014 Faulty sensor caused warning message to appear on the way home from the dealership on day of purchase. Part was replaced within 24 hours. 
Jan 2015

3800 mi
Continuation of previous issue with random warning lights coming on but no actual symptoms. A loose grounding wire was located under the driver's seat and secured. 
BMW 3-Series in Ohio, United States
Jan 2015 - Jan 2017
Oct 2015

10300 mi
Car indicated a dead battery, and acted as though the battery was dead, but it was the on-board computer control systems. This problem is intermittent. Dealer could not duplicate nor diagnose. It happened again a month later. 
Nov 2015

11000 mi
Car indicated a dead battery, and acted as though the battery was dead, but it was the computer control systems. Dealer could not duplicate nor diagnose. One more time and it will be returned for refund under the lemon law. 
Jan 2016

13000 mi
Exact same problem as previous two reports. This time, the dealer put in a new battery. So far, it is working fine, but it usually takes about 6 weeks to manifest itself, so it's too early to say it's fixed. If it repeats, it's a lemon. 
BMW 3-Series in Virginia, United States
Oct 2014 - Feb 2018
Dec 2016

16000 mi
One of the parking lights stopped working. The cars computer notified me of the problem - "Parking lamp malfunction". The dealer said there was a TSB. It was fixed under warranty. 
BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

44000 mi
Check engine light diagnosed as failed thermostat. Dealer replaced. 
BMW 3-Series in Michigan, United States
Jun 2018 - Oct 2018
Oct 2018

51000 mi

US $75
Blower motor replaced, under CPO warranty 
BMW 3-Series in Indiana, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

3000 mi
iDrive controller in the audio / navigation failed 
May 2018

6000 mi
Unknown [transmission warning light] 
BMW 3-Series in Minnesota, United States
Dec 2014 - Jan 2018
Nov 2015

9000 mi
TPMS failed to communicate with any of the tires. Needed new central module. Ordered, installed a week later. 
Dec 2015

9000 mi
TPMS system: BMW sent wrong part. Required second trip to dealer. 
BMW 3-Series in Massachusetts, United States
Aug 2014 - Nov 2015
Oct 2015

33500 mi
There was a fault in the driver's front side camera module 
BMW 3-Series in Kansas, United States
Aug 2015 - Feb 2019
Oct 2015

1000 mi
iDrive harddrive locked and failed intermittently. 
BMW 3-Series in New York, United States
Apr 2015 - Sep 2017
Jun 2016

38000 mi
Bad sensor. 
BMW 3-Series in Wisconsin, United States
Feb 2015 - Feb 2018
Oct 2015

13500 mi
My horn sounded like a clown car. As it turns out, one of the two horns was bad, so they replaced both of them. 
Jun 2016

21000 mi
Engine misfire on two cylinders. They actually couldn't reproduce it after testing all coils and plugs separately, hot and cold, so they chalked it up to a bad batch of gas. Which, frankly, I'm not buying. I think it'll be back for those problems.  
Sep 2016

23000 mi
The horns went out again. The service advisor stated that it was the other horn set this time. 
Feb 2017

30000 mi
The navigation and radio would make a popping noise and restart itself from time to time. My auto stop/start would occasionally stop but not start the car. The gear shift selector has a computer and the suspicion is that this was causing the problem. 
Sep 2017

35000 mi
The passenger door wouldn't open with the double pull (basically, in BMWs you pull the door once to unlock and again to open it), and could only be opened either from outside or by hitting the central locking button to unlock it that way. They told me it was a known problem where the cable would get snagged. Also, the door lock indicator would go up and down extremely slowly. 
Feb 2018

38500 mi
They had to replace the door latch due to the door not unlocking/opening when pulled. Also, the lock tab was slow to move up and down. This time they just replaced the entire assembly. 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 2.0L I4 Diesel 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in Missouri, United States
May 2015 - Jun 2017
Nov 2015

10000 mi
02 sensor failed and threw a check engine light. 
Oct 2016

29000 mi
Diesel particulate filter replaced 

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2015 BMW 3-Series 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 180hp 2.0L I4 8-speed shiftable automatic AWD

BMW 3-Series in Alberta, Canada
Nov 2015 - Jun 2018
Jun 2018

43400 mi
Passenger door unable to unlock from door handle. Tech rerouted cable as per puma case. But it is not working again and car is going back tomorrow. 

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